Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2019
ELLISVILLE, MS – Whenever a program – especially a young one – enjoys the kind of success ASA Miami's women's soccer did this past season, it wants to put that success to the test the following season with an even tougher schedule.
ASA head coach David Luna put his team's mettle to the test right out the gate – taking a 14-hour bus ride to Ellisville, Mississippi to take on a top 15-ranked team – and the Lady Silver Storm responded in a big way, coming away with a 1-0 win over host Jones County Community College Friday night thanks to Anne Aleixo's 89th minute goal.
The game appeared to be on the fast track to overtime until Aleixo, a returning sophomore, got the ball on a fast break in the box and went bottom shelf on the Jones County goalie, sending a powerful kick into the back of the net with just over a minute left on the clock. While it was Aleixo who ultimately netted the game-winner, the Lady Silver Storm kept a decent amount of pressure on the Jones County backline and goalkeeper throughout the night. Forwards Valentina Restrepo, Anika Duncan, and Alejandra Hurtado – who Coach Luna moved to forward from midfield this offseason – all had viable shots on goal.
On the flip side, ASA Miami received an excellent performance from its defenders and goalkeeper Hannah Harbich-Kuster. Having the task of replacing the Silver Storm's 2018 All-Region VIII goalie and emotional leader Noemy Franco, Harbich-Kuster showed that she can rise to the occasion in big moments – evident by her penalty kick save early in the second half.
The Silver Storm (1-0), which made program history in 2018 by winning its first-ever playoff game as well as setting new program highs in total victories, goals scored, won't have much time to celebrate its season-opening win – as ASA Miami will be back on the pitch at Saturday night when it takes on Itawamba Community College at 7 p.m.